America Needs You

We were one of the earliest supporters of America Needs You (ANY), an organization that has achieved success in responding to the needs of first-generation college students, launching the program in New York with 50 students in 2009. Over the past decade, ANY has supported over 2,000 students nationally, with a majority of these students directly served through NYC-based programs. The program model offers intensive career development and leadership training, which enables high-potential, low-income, first-generation college students to persist in college, earn their degrees and secure meaningful jobs in areas of interest. 100% of students are recruited to the ANY New York Fellows Program from CUNY colleges (identified as the highest need), with 30% beginning their higher education in community colleges (two-year CUNY institutions).

Heckscher is a true partner in our mission to serve low-income, first-generation college students. They have helped America Needs You to drive both growth and innovation. Thanks to Heckscher’s support, we’ve been able to scale our work with brilliant young people across the country—and to more than double the number of community college students in our program.
Jake Moreno Coplon
CEO, America Needs You

To ensure year-over-year persistence and bachelor’s degree completion, ANY supports students as they transition from two-year to four-year colleges and throughout their post-secondary education. 91% of Fellows graduate from four-year institutions within 6 years and 82% of Fellows secure employment or enroll in grad school within 6 months of graduation.

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